Andy Page's Rival

Henry Lawson, 1889

      Editor's note: This poem is at the beginning of the story "Andy Page's Rival" by Henry Lawson, which he later expanded into a full poem, "Middleton's Rouseabout".

      Tall and freckled and sandy,
             Face of a country lout;
      This was the picture of Andy —
             Middleton's Rouseabout.

      On Middleton's wide dominions
             Plied the stock-whip and shears;
      Hadn't any opinions —
             And he hadn't any "ideers".